Monday, 21 March 2022

NECAA XC Relays - Thornley Hall Farm

 MEDALS SHARED DOWN ON THE FARM

 

WITH entries down on expectations the North East Counties Cross-Country Relay Championships still proved a success especially for a number clubs who don’t often figure among the medalists.

Once again Thornley Hall Farm was the venue and, on a Spring-like day competition was keen for the region’s senior and master’s with only a short section of the two-mile course what you would call muddy.

Such was the relatively low entry the four-race programme was condensed into two with the senior and masters’ combining making it more competitive.

The female relay opened the day’s action and it was a gun to tape victory for Gateshead Harriers in the senior contest after they were given the perfect start on the opening leg by Kim Simpson whose 12min 40sec proved to be the quickest of the day. Jane Giles, who could have lined up in the masters, took over from Simpson and extended the Tynesiders’ advantage with the second quickest overall time. Bethany Curran set off on the glory leg and once again she was fastest on stage three to bring home the team with a near four-minute cushion.

Kim Simpson runs the fastest leg of the day

Following them home was a delighted Crook contingent to claim the silver medals with the trio of Rachel McHugh, their quickest, Amy Etherington and Kate Storey. The bronze awards went to South Shields thanks to Michelle Douglas, Kellie Paterson and, quickest for the white and blues, Fran Dembele. Twelve teams closed in with Elvet Striders, Wallsend and Elswick following the top three home.

 

MASTERS WOMEN (3x2-mile)

It was a much closer affair in the masters’ contest with victory eventually going to Elswick who moved into the lead on the last leg. The Newcastle club were ahead on stage one thanks to Felicity Smith whose 13:47 was the day’s quickest overall. South Shields (Jackie Murdy) was in second place followed by North Shields Poly (Katherine Davis). On stage two the Poly moved into first place thanks to Natalie Mortimer who came to the final changeover two seconds ahead of Elswick’s Debbie Spoor.

It was nip and took over the final two-mile with Elswick (Joanne Brown) eventually coming home in pole position to push the Poly (Alison Smith) back into second place six seconds adrift. The Poly’s B string crossed the line in third place – Michelle Thomson was the pick of the trio – but unfortunately for them they had to relinquish the bronze awards to the ruling of one set of medals per club which meant Elvet Striders’ were promoted to take the third-place medals as Emma McCabe posted their quickest time. South Shields finished in fourth place, Wallsend were fifth and Birtley sixth.

SENIOR MEN (4x2-mile)

Sunderland got off to the perfect start thanks to the quickest clocking of the day by Stephen Jackson (10:47). Jackson, a member of the North East team at the Inter-Counties Championships the previous weekend, came into the changeover 25 seconds ahead of Gosforth’s James McCreesh with Tyne Bridge (Craig Jones) in third place. Liam Taylor set off on leg two for Sunderland and proceeded to extend the Wearsiders’ advantage with Tyne Bridge moving into second place ahead of Gateshead (Sam Hansen). For the penultimate leg Michael Rodenby consolidated Sunderland’s lead with Tyne Bridge still in second ahead of Gateshead.

Sunderland Harriers' Stephen Jackson

Steve Rankin improved Sunderland’s advantage even further on the glory leg with the day’s third quickest time overall behind Jackson and Taylor to break the tape nearly two minutes clear of Tyne Bridge (Ryan Holt) with Gateshead completing the one-two-three. A superb fourth place finish by Aycliffe (John Firby their best) and an excellent fifth-place finish by Derwent Valley Trail Runners thanks to Jack Siddaway the pick of their quartet.

 

MASTERS MEN (3x2-mile)

A strong trio of Michael Littlewood, Mark Warner and Graeme Watt saw Elvet Striders’ claim the title after being in third place in the early dtsges. Tyne Bridge (Paul Turnbull) led by 10 seconds at the first changeover. Warner quickly moved the Durham-based outfit into pole position on leg two ahead of the Newcastle team despite Dave Moir’s effort before Watt, with the quickest overall time of the day, extended Elvet’s lead all the way to the finish. Tyne Bridge were comfortable runner’s up ahead of Durham City with Phil Tickner’s second-stage helping the orange vests to bronze medals.

**Thanks to Jon Taylor for once again letting the Association have the use of his land for the Championships and also to all the technical officials and to Sunderland Harriers for supplying an excellent team of marshals.

**THE Association will return to Thornley Hall Farm on Saturday, April 2 when it’s the turn of the Young Athletes Cross-Country Relay.

 

BILL McGUIRK

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

NEHL Alnwick 2022 Report

CASTLE CHARGE ENDS IN CELEBRATIONS

THE curtain came down on the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League under the backdrop of Alnwick Castle and after testing themselves over a tough course it was time for athletes’ celebrations.

After the six events, which started in Wrekenton back in September last year, it was a happy mood for everyone when the serious side of contesting one of the toughest courses on the circuit was put to bed.

Celebrations was the name of the game as cakes a plenty and egg and cress sandwiches were washed down with tea and coffee with one club going the whole hog by crashing open a bottle of champagne though I wonder if it was the cheaper version! Once again hosts Alnwick Harriers did a superb job and they are to be congratulated on putting on a true test for cross-country enthusiasts though there were a few blue words uttered at the end by some who found the course ‘brutal.’

THE day’s action once again opened with the ‘Try Cross-Country’ events for under-11s over a course of around 1,000 metres.

The boys were in action first and it was another success for Birtley’s Ed Moon which added to his previous victories at Thornley Hall Farm. Lambton, Druridge Bay and Aykley Heads.

 


Elswick’s Nicholas Surtees-Brown finished runner-up two seconds behind with Andrew Batley, of the host club, completing the medallists just a few strides further adrift. Batley’s team-mate Alistair Johnston was a close-up fourth.

 


After playing second fiddle throughout the season to her twin, Kitty Graham eventually got the better of sister Nell though it couldn’t have been closer as the Birtley duo battled it out all the way to the line and it was left to the judges to determine who got the verdict as the timekeepers’ were unable to separate them. It was a clean sweep of medals for the Gateshead outfit with Olivia Murphy claiming third place ahead of her team-mate, Izzy Hall.


In the under-13 boys event victory went to Heaton’s Joseph Brown who took advantage of his 1min 30sec start to hold off the fast finishing Joseph Ramshaw (Blaydon) by six seconds with Birtley’s Noah Williamson, also running from the fast pack, coming through to take third place. Ramshaw led Blaydon to team victory on the day and also to take the overall team title with North Shields Poly in second place three points adrift and Durham City finishing in third spot. Williamson came out on top to take the Individual Grand Prix award.

The under-13 girls contest was over the same course and it was another victory for a slow pack runner. Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alexa Reid held on by five seconds to finish ahead of fast pack athletes Anna Johnson (North Shields poly) and Heaton’s Mary Parkin. North Shields Poly came out on top on the day but, in an exciting team competition, it was Morpeth who edged it overall by just one point over the North Tyneside outfit with Durham City two points further adrift in third place. Noprth Shields Poly’s Katy Otterson, with four victories, claimed the overall individual award.


North Shields Poly’s Zac Brannon made a welcome return to competition and he made it a winning outing by taking the honours in the under-15 boys’ event. Darlington’s Alex Bowyer, running as a guest, was the quickest on the course in working his way through to second place from the fast pack to finish just 16 seconds adrift of the winner. Ben Sproats (North Shields Poly) finished in third place with Tyne Bridge’s Jake Moir in fourth spot.

Morpeth were clear winners of the team stakes making it five successes out of the six fixtures. Birtley finished runners-up one point ahead of North Shields Poly. The overall individual award went to Morpeth’s Oliver Calvert who finished just one point ahead of Sproats.

Durham City’s Charlotte Dillon made it five successes after defying a 1:40 penalty to claim victory in the under-15 girls’ race. Elswick’s Louisa Hamiton finished runner-up two seconds ahead of Blackhill’s Hatti Stead. Elswick came out on top in the team stakes and, not having finished outside the top three all season, claimed the overall team title ahead of Gateshead and North Shields Poly. Dillon was the individual champion finishing ahead of Poppy Old (Elswick) and Blaydon’s Ellie Fellows.



Birtley’s Chris Perkins brought the curtain down on his cross-country season with a comfortable victory in the under-17 men’s contest finishing ahead of Neil Sillence (North Shields Poly) and Blackhill’s Tom Slane. Morpeth, led home by fourth-placed Bertie Marr, won the team section for the fifth time and comfortable claimed the overall award ahead of Durham City and Blaydon. Perkins claimed the overall individual award ahead of Marr and Slane.

 


In the combined under-17/20 women’s race it was a success for Morpeth’s Millie Breese who defied a penalty of 2:05 to get ahead of Chester-le-Street’s Freya Clarkson in the closing stages to win by five seconds. Gosforth’s Kate Rickerby finished in third place just ahead of first under-20 athlete, Houghton’s Anna Pigford. North Shields Poly, led home by fifth-placed Katie Joslyn, won the team section ahead of Gosforth and Wallsend. However, overall it was Gosforth who came out on top ahead of the Poly and Morpeth while the individual Grand Prix was won by Breese who finished three points ahead of North Shields Poly’s Holly Waugh with Pigford finishing in third place a further three points adrift.

 


The senior men’s race saw a field of 470 face the starter and it was a gun to tape victory for Morpeth’s Phil Winkler who took full advantage of a five-minute start over most of his rivals. Jarlath McKenna (Bristol and West), who makes his North East Counties debut in the Inter-Counties Championships this coming weekend, worked his way through to second place with Crook’s Samuel Beckett completing the medal placings. Second fastest on the course was Gateshead’s Conrad Franks who also heads for Loughborough as the senior men defend their team title.

 


Morpeth were easy team winners on the day and were overall Division One champions once again finishing ahead of Tyne Bridge and Sunderland while Blaydon and Gosforth drop down to Division Two and are replaced by Elswick and North Shields Poly. Jarrow and Hebburn and Alnwick are relegated to Division Three and are replaced by a delighted Sedgefield and Houghton.

Not for the first 
time Franks claims the overall individual award finishing three points clear of Tom Charlton (Tyne Bridge) with Houghton’s Chris Coulson a further two points adrift in third place. In the vets category, North Shields Poly’s Ben Cook claimed the individual overall with maximum points finishing ahead of Birtley’s Andrew Beevers and Chris Stockdale (Tyne Bridge).

 

In the senior women’s event Kirsty Lowery (Sunderland Strollers) led throughout with Crook’s Kate Storey finishing in second place as fast pack runner Catriona MacDonald (Morpeth) worked her way through from the fast pack to complete the one-two three. Jane Hodgson, also Morpeth, finished in fourth spot with the second fastest time with Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alex Sneddon third quickest.

 


Jesmond Joggers won the Division One team event on the day but it was Elswick who were celebrating after winning Division One for the first time finishing ahead of Morpeth and Elvet Striders. South Shields and Gateshead drop down into Division Two and are replaced by Tynedale and Jarrow and Hebburn while Ponteland and Low Fell are promoted with Blaydon and Gosforth going in the opposite direction.



MacDonald, who came out on top in all five events she lined up, won the individual Grand Prix with maximum points with Sneddon finishing in second place ahead of Sunderland’s Jessica Fox while in the veteran’s section Hodgson, also with maximum points, led the way ahead of Stocksfield’s Claire Davies and Gateshead’s Jane Giles, the former winning on countback after both athletes finished with the same number of points.

 

**THE NEHL are indebted to Alnwick Harriers for once again hosting a superb climax to the season and to all the other clubs who took on the mantle of giving over 3,000 athletes the chance of contesting cross-country. Also, to all the officials who were at the post throughout the season and the army of marshalls for without those volunteers the league would not be the huge success it is. Now, get those spikes cleaned and put away for next season for it will not be long before it’s time to get your entries in once more!

Bill McGuirk






Sunday, 6 March 2022

NECAA Senior & Masters XC Relays

NORTH EASTERN COUNTIES ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

SENIOR & MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS cc2022/0313

THORNLEY HALL FARM, PETERLEE, DH6 3LY

MARCH 19th 2022

  • 11.00 MASTERS WOMEN 40+         3 x 3k
  • 11.50 MASTERS MEN 40+               3 x 3k
  • 12.40 SENIOR WOMEN                   3 x 3k
  • 13.30 SENIOR/U20 MEN (3x3k)       4 x 3k


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY – The Championships are open to members of NECAA clubs affiliated to England Athletics who meet one of the following criteria: 9- month residential qualification and/or have NE Counties birth qualification. All entrants must be first claim members (G2 S6)

ENTRIES £15.40 per team (SM £20.60). 

ENTRIES CLOSE WEDNESDAY MARCH 9    

Enter herenemaa.co.uk/necaa

DECLARATIONS ONLINE BEFORE 7pm Thursday March 17th. Alterations no later than 30 minutes before the start of each race

 

CLUBS MAY ENTER A and B TEAMS in each category. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. Please leave the venue after each race to assist with CAR PARKING  

 

RUNNERS CAN RUN IN ONE CATEGORY ONLY and ONLY ONE LEG

 

CLUB COLOURS MUST BE WORN T5 S 1.3

 

NECAA CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS WILL BE AWARDED (one set of medals per club in each category) – last leg runners will collect the medals.

 

RESULTS – NECAA and NEMAA Websites and Facebook

ENQUIRIES – NECAA Cross Country Secretary Archie Jenkins archiemeadowriggs@btinternet.com 

ENTRY ENQUIRIES – Val Baxter masterstracksec@gmail.com

Thursday, 3 March 2022

NEHL Alnwick Castle 2022

 NEHL Alnwick Castle

5th March 2022


Alnwick Harriers are looking forward to hosting you all this Saturday, the estate have done an amazing job in clearing the huge amount of fallen trees from the wooded section at the top of the loop.
As always absolutely no parking on any of the verges or roadside adjacent the venue, parking is available for £2 at the Alnwick Gardens car park, they are taking card only payment this year.
There is a drop off point for club tents etc on the main entrance to the pastures, please follow the marshals guidance. Unfortunately we’ve been advised no dogs due to stock in adjacent fields.
Weather forecast and course looking good, see you all Saturday.
Alnwick Harriers


Can't stress this enough, you have to leave your dog(s) at home


Getting there:

The Alnwick Garden Car Park, Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU - be aware there is no parking along the B1340 - you must park in the Garden's Car Park, or you risk us losing the fixture.  Any athlete caught parking on the main road will be dq'd.  

Parking charges are in operation - £2 card payment only

Once you are parked up just follow the B1340 back up to the pastures.

The course

One full lap of the course is 2 miles, the U13s & U15s complete one full lap each.  The senior women do 2, and the senior men do 3.  The u17 men, and the U17&20 women do one small loop and one large lap 





One Full lap
small lap
under 11s



Sorry - NO DOGS at all even on a lead - Leave your dog(s) at home.  It is lambing season and there are no dogs allowed on the pastures.

Toilets & First Aid will be located in the usual spot near tent city (on the left of the track as you enter the pastures).

Numbers - Please remember to take off your Northerns/Nationals number (or any other non league number you might have) and put your NEHL 2021-22 number on your club vest.

Please check your packs for the final fixture on the the NEHL Website

Race HQ will be in the NEHL Tent by the start-finish, please collect any pre-entries there, and call in with any queries. Entries will close on Friday 4th.

Pre-entries will cost £3, Lost or replacement numbers are £5, transfers (U11 to U13, and MV65 to SNR Womens race) are free.



RACE NUMBERS 2021-22

This year there are 6 sets of numbers across the categories.

Under 11 have Yellow numbers
Under 13 have Blue numbers
Under 15 have Green numbers
Under 17/20 have Purple numbers
Senior Men have White numbers
Senior Women have Orange numbers

also in the bottom right of each number is category code:
U11, U13, U15, U17&20, M, W
On the back of each number is your chip.

RACE ORDER & TIMES for the coming season
1200 Under 11 Boys (1.5k)
1205 Under 11 Girls (1.5k)
1215 Under 17 Men (1.5 laps approx. 5k)
1220 Under 20 & Under 17 Women (1.5 laps approx 5k)
1235 Under 15 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1240 Under 15 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1250 Under 13 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1255 Under 13 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.2k)
1305 Senior Women (2 laps approx. 4 miles - 6.4k)
1350 Senior Men (3 laps approx. 6 miles - 9.6k)




Thursday, 24 February 2022

PARLIAMENT HILL – A NATIONAL TREASURE

 PARLIAMENT HILL – A NATIONAL TREASURE

 


THE first ‘National’, held in 1876 at Buckhirst Hill, saw just 32 competitors and the race was declared void due to every runner going off course.

Things have moved on a bit since then and on Saturday with 10 events on the programme the English Cross-Country Association has received over 8,400 entries, with the senior men’s 12k race boasting over 3,000 alone.

And, despite the 600-mile round trip to London, the North East is well represented having athletes in all races and well over 200 from the region lining up in the senior men’s contest.

And it’s pleasing to see that it’s not just the region’s more established clubs who will be on the start line from the youngest under-13 races to senior/vet men and women.

While Morpeth look as though they have a strong senior representation (14) the likes of Sunderland, Tyne Bridge, who have a host of youngsters going for the experience, and Wallsend, all have 10 entries while Houghton and Low Fell have seven.

The opening hill @ Parliament Hill

Of course, the attraction for many is the fact that this time round – it was cancelled last year due to Covid – the National is once again being held at its spiritual home at Parliament Hill and if anyone hasn’t witnessed the charge up the hill from the start then try and pencil it in when the championships return in three years’ time for you experience the ground move under your feet!

To win the ‘National’ is a wonderful achievement and the North East has boasted a number of senior men champions over the years.

Saltwell Harrier Jack Potts
 
J A Burns & J H Potts

Saltwell’s Jack Potts got the ball rolling in 1931 and the following year it was the turn of fellow Olympian Alex Burns (Elswick) to claim victory. Potts won again in 1936 and after the intervening War years, the region had to wait until 1977 when Gateshead’s Brendan Foster scored a superb victory at Parliament Hill. 

1977 National: Leaders after 3 miles Mike McLeod (Elswick Harriers), Brendan Foster (Gateshead Harriers), Dave Black - obscured (Small Heath Harriers), Tony Simmons (Luton United Harriers) and Bernie Ford (AFD)  pic credit - Peter Tempest

Brendan wins in '77, photo credit Mark Shearman

Two years later it was Elswick’s Mike McLeod’s turn to claim the gold medal. 

Mike McLeod in the '79 English National

The region had to wait another 22 years for its next champion which was former Chester-le-Street athlete Michael Openshaw, who was running in the colours of Midlands outfit Birchfield. 

Michael Openshaw

And while he has decided to forego defending his title this weekend, Gateshead’s Calum Johnson is the last name etched on the trophy after claiming victory at Nottingham in 2020.

Calum Johnson by Gary Mitchell

Naturally, the senior men’s race is the Blue Riband event of the Championships but the region can boast numerous individual and team winners in the junior contests so come Saturday evening all those who have graced the Hampstead Heath course can travel home safely and with a smile on their face. As Max Boyce proudly proclaimed: ‘And I Was There!’ as I will.

 

BILL McGUIRK

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

NECAA Royal Signals Relays Report

 STORM LAURA HITS HETTON HARD

Morpeth Harrier's Laura Weightman

THE only storm visible at Hetton Lyons Country Park was that of fleet-footed Olympian Laura Weightman who scorched round the 2.2-mile of the North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championship in a new course record time of 11:01 minutes which was 21 seconds quicker than she posted back in 2014.

With such an important year ahead for the Morpeth athlete it was good to see she still manages to fit in local events whenever possible and, by all accounts the Signals is usually penciled in at the dawn of a new year.

The first of two relays on the programme were the combined senior women, masters’ over-50 and masters’ women 4x2.2-mile event and it was New Marske, thanks to Martin Murray, whose 12:02 at the end of the day, was the quickest overall, led at the first changeover followed by North Shields Poly, Sedgefield and Tyne Bridge.

Martin Murray, New Marske

New Marske continued to lead as the contest entered the third stage with the Poly still in second place with Morpeth now third, Elswick fourth and Houghton fifth.

By the final changeover Morpeth had surged to the head of affairs with a big lead thanks to super vet Guy Bracken while just six seconds separated North Shields Poly, New Marske and Elswick in the chase for the minor awards.

Guy Bracken

At the conclusion it was Morpeth who claimed their second title of the day as Elswick came through to claim second place six seconds ahead of New Marske with the Poly just missing out despite a brave effort by club stalwart Vaughan Hemy.

Meanwhile, in the women’s section, Elswick teenager Imogen Bungay – whose 12:22 was the second fastest female after Weightman – led at the first changeover then came veteran woman and course record holder Olympian Aly Dixon. North Shields Poly were in second place ahead of Gateshead and Jarrow and Hebburn in the senior women’s contest while North Shields Poly and New Marske were behind Sunderland Strollers in the veteran women.

Aly Dixon and Imogen Bungay battle it out

On stage two North Shields Poly moved into the lead – thanks to Holly Waugh who was the quickest of their quartet - followed by Elswick and Morpeth while North Shields Poly edged into the lead ahead of Elswick and Sunderland Strollers in the vet women.

The fireworks began immediately on leg three when Weightman took over the running for Morpeth and she quickly overhauled the athletes ahead showing a superb turn of foot which augurs well for the task ahead in a quest for major championship selection.

After her two-lap stint the Northumbrian had turned a 47-seconds deficit into a minute and 31 seconds advantage before handing over to Millie Breese to run the glory leg.

Morpeth's Millie Breese

The leading positions remained the same in the run to the finish with Morpeth claiming victory in 51:11, the Poly finished runners-up in 52:39 with a delighted Elswick claiming the bronze awards. 

And that wasn’t the end of the celebrations for the Newcastle club for, after playing catch up behind North Shields Poly for the first three stages, a superb run by former English Schools’ cross-country champion Justina Heslop, saw the West Enders hit the front in the closing stages of the vet women’s event to cross the line with a four-seconds cushion ahead of the Poly’s Katherine Davis. The Strollers completed the one-two-three a further 22 seconds behind.

It was an exciting finale to a great competition which had over 100 teams overall competing with Weightman, who was delighted with her run, commenting: “I felt good and it’s always nice to be able to do this race and be part of the Morpeth team for the opportunity doesn’t often come about. My immediate plans are to have a couple of more road races before moving on to track training before the summer championships.”

Morpeth's winning ladies team, from George Patterson


MORPETH RETAIN TITLE WITH RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

THE blue-vested Morpeth sextet had the bit between their teeth even before their event got underway after they watched Laura Weightman produce an eye-catching performance in the opening event, so much so the Northumbrians were never headed throughout the six-stage contest after George Lowry brought them to the first changeover in pole position and at the end of the day Sam Hancox, George Rudman, Finn Brodie, Alex Brown, who was quickest overall, and Carl Avery celebrated victory after just over an hours running to break their own course record by over a minute and with their second string finishing in fourth place it shows how strong endurance wise the club is at present.

George Lowery & Josh Blevins

Teenager Josh Blevins had Gateshead in second place at the first changeover with the Poly’s David Green third just ahead of Sunderland’s Scott Armstrong.

On leg two Morpeth continued to lead (Hancox) with Sunderland moving into second place as Birtley, thanks to the stages’ second fastest time by Chris Perkins – New Marske’s Lewis Gamble-Thompson was quickest - moved into third ahead of Tyne Bridge and Gateshead.

Sam Hancox

Morpeth extended their advantage at the half-way point after Rudman was quickest on leg three with Gateshead moving back into second ahead of Birtley, Tyne Bridge, Morpeth B and Sunderland.

The Morpeth lead widened even further on stage four thanks to Brodie as Gateshead just held onto second place with Sunderland a close up third ahead of Morpeth B and Birtley.

Any doubts of a Morpeth victory were blown away on the penultimate stage as Brown took over the running and not only did he extend the lead even further to over two minutes his clocking of 10:28 was the overall best of the day. Sunderland, thanks to Steve Jackson, were now in second place ahead of Morpeth B with Birtley and Gateshead racing together just behind.

Now near full fitness Avery had the honour of taking over for the glory leg for Morpeth and he brought the team home just over three minutes clear of Sunderland who held off the fast-finishing Adrian Bailes (Birtley) to claim the silver medals. Morpeth B team finished in fourth place ahead of Gateshead, Tyne Bridge, North Shields Poly, New Marske, Elswick, Blackhill.

**THE North Eastern Counties AA is indebted to Houghton Harriers for once again hosting the Signals Relays and to Peter and Maureen Dodsworth especially who took on most of the hard work prior to and on the day in making sure the Championships were a huge success.

Also a big thank you to all the officials – we wish Phil Lancaster a speedy recovery after having an accident which resulted in a gashed leg just before action began - especially David Daniels for taking the entries and supplying the results. It was a great day’s sport with nearly 900 competitors taking part so well done to you all.

**THE next relay on the local calendar sees action change terrain when the NE Counties once again host their Cross-Country Relay Championships at Thornley Hall Farm on March 19.

This fixture, with the first event at 11am, is for Men and Women Masters and Senior Men and Women and Under-20 Men with a planned programme for junior teams at the same venue on April 2.

The Masters and Under-20 Relay is 3x3k while the Senior Men contest 4x3k. Clubs can enter A and B teams with entries for the senior relays closing on Wednesday, March 9.

Report by Bill McGuirk

Photos: www.stuartwhitman.co.uk

Sunday, 20 February 2022

Intercounties XC Loughbrough - North East Mens & Boys teams

Many congratulations to these great guys and lads who have been selected to run in the Intercounties XC to be held at Loughbrough on March 12th


NECAA Senior men 2020

Anyone wishing to travel to Loughborough to watch the races there are seats available on the coach at £10
Please contact Stewy Bell nufcstewy@hotmail.com 07525484605

Travel details for Saturday 12th

6:30am Newcastle Bewick Street opposite Central station

7:00am Carville Park and ride

7:45am Scotch Corner Services car park

10:30 approx Arrive at course

The teams are as follows:

U13 Boys

  • U13 Charlie Jones Middlesborough (Mandale)
  • U13 Dawet Asmelash TS Harriers
  • U13 Adam Feenan NSPoly
  • U13 Joseph Ramshaw Blaydon
  • U13 Noah Williamson Birtley
  • U13 Jamie Lonergan Blaydon
  • U13 Freddie Palmer Tynebridge
  • U13 Oscar Makepeace NSPoly

reserve

  • U13 Hugo Douglas Reeves Darlington
  • U13 Rowan Steel Darlington
  • U13 Alex Smith Heaton
  • U13 Aidan William Turner NSPoly

U15 Boys

  • U15 Ollie Calvert Morpeth
  • U15 Ethan Marron Middlesborough (Mandale)
  • U15 Ben Sproats NSPoly
  • U15 Elliot Kelso Elswick
  • U15 Alex Bowyer Darlington
  • U15 Oliver Thomlinson Morpeth
  • U15 Joseph Close Morpeth
  • U15 Sylvan Tarn Darlington

reserve

  • U15 Jacob Brown Middlesborough (Mandale)
  • U15 Ben Scantlebury NSPoly
  • U15 Harry Furness NSPoly
  • U15 Harry Lyons Darlington

U17 Boys

  • U17 Josh Blevins Gateshead
  • U17 Brandon Pye Houghton
  • U17 William de Vere Owen Morpeth
  • U17 Joe Dixon Morpeth
  • U17 Ethan Bond Gosforth
  • U17 Tom Slane Blackhill
  • U17 Adam Hughes Sunderland
  • U17 Bertie Marr Morpeth

reserve

  • U17 Reece Slater Gosforth
  • U17 Silas Christie Gosforth
  • U17 Ralph Robson Morpeth
  • U17 Joseph West  Middlesborough (Mandale)

U20 Men

  • U20 Max Creasey Middlesborough (Mandale)
  • U20 Chris Coulson Houghton
  • U20 Joseph Anderson Morpeth
  • U20 Duncan Hughes Blackhill
  • U20 Charlie Daley Tynedale
  • U20 Peter Smallcombe Jarrow
  • U20 Will Bellamy Houghton
  • U20 Ryan Eden NSPoly

reserve

  • U20 Alex Seed Sunderland
  • U20 Fraser Bigg Tynebridge
  • U20 Holden Outhwaite Allerton Juniors
  • U20 Ciaran Lines Houghton

Seniors

  • SNR Calum Johnson Gateshead
  • SNR Finn Brodie Morpeth
  • SNR Kieran Walker NE Project
  • SNR Carl Avery Morpeth
  • SNR Alex Brown Morpeth
  • SNR Cameron Allen Houghton
  • SNR Sam Charlton Wallsend
  • SNR Phil Wylie Western Tempo
  • SNR Jarlath McKenna Bristol

reserve

  • SNR Conrad Franks Gateshead
  • SNR Sam Hancox   Morpeth
  • SNR Greg Jayasuria Middlesborough and cleveland
  • SNR Liam Aldridge    Billingham
  • SNR Adrian Bailes    Birtley
  • SNR Stephen Jackson Sunderland